“Join the quest of legflag challenge!” – 2021 WMBD webinar #1

The first day of the EAAFP World Migratory Bird Day series is kick off by a joint webinar about engaging general public and bird watchers to contribute to scientific research on migratory waterbirds in EAA Flyway.

This webinar is organized by EAAFP Secretariat, BirdLife International and Oriental Bird Club. Prof. Marcel Klaassen from Deakin University will introduced the newly established platform called Bird Mark for shorebirds legflag resighting reports, while Dr. Lee Kisup is sharing how to mobilize bird watchers to contribute to reporting sightings of tagged Black-faced Spoonbill.

Title: “Join the quest of legflag challenge!”  – 2021 WMBD webinar #1

Date: 7th October, 2021

Time: 3-4:15pm KST

Presenters: Prof. Marcel Klaassen from Deakin University; Dr. Lee Kisup

Registration Link : https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqceCsrDIoHddhWNpp8jNvl4bdmb7W4zvz

*The event will also be Livestreamed.


About the Speakers

Prof. Marcel Klaassen is the Director of Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences in Deakin University based in Australia. Prof. Klaassen has developed broad research interests including theoretical, experimental and observational studies on numerous animal, plant and microbe taxa. Throughout this, his focus has primarily been on bird migration, nutritional ecology and disease ecological issues.

Check here to know more about Prof. Marcel Klaassen.

About the presentation :

Prof. Marcel Klaassen will introduce the newly developed portal BirdMark, designed for reporting and archving resightings of colour marked waterbirds in East Asian-Australasian Flyway. It contains banding and flagging data from the Global Flyway Network, Victoria Wader Studies Group (VWSG), Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG), Northern Territory wader study group, and Queensland Wader Study Group, as well as other observations from throughout the flyway. Prof. Klaassen will explain why it is crucial for ongoing conservation and scientific research, informing on the birds’ population dynamics, movements and site use, and how citizens and birdwatchers can help.

Dr. Lee Kisup is the Executive Director, Korean Waterbirds Network. He got his PhD degree in Natural Sciences from Kyunghee University or Republic of Korea. Dr. Lee Kisup established Korean Waterbirds Network in 2007, leading national census on Black-faced Spoonbill. Dr. Lee is also the Chair of EAAFP Black-faced Spoonbill Working Group.

About the presentation :

Dr. Lee Kisup will share with us the recent studies on the Endangered Black-faced Spoonbill, on their migration and how tracking the bird’s movement can help with supporting information on habitat use. Dr. Lee also coordinated the National Census for Black-faced Spoonbill in 2020 and 2021 in Ro Korea, in which he also mobilized citizens and bird watchers to join and contribute to reporting tagged BFS. He also leads the collaboration of satellite tracking project with China.



Paul Insua-Cao

Chair of the Conservation Committee, Oriental Bird Club

Dr. Ding Li Yong

Asia Advocacy and Policy Manager, BirdLife International (Asia)

Mr. Sayam U. Chowdhury 

Conservation Biologist, Assistant Coordinator of Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force


WMBD 2021 Webinar – “Join the quest of legflag challenge!”

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